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The Department of Education offers undergraduate degrees through the Educator Preparation Program (EPP) and graduate degrees. Through the EPP, we recruit, retain, and prepare students for North Carolina teaching licensure. Our students are guided by faculty and assessed throughout the licensing process to ensure excellence and compliance with departmental, university, state, and national standards. 

Degrees offered:
  • Birth through Kindergarten (B-K)
  • Elementary Education (K-6)
  • Special Education (K-12)
  • Master of Education in Elementary Education
  • Master of School Administration

The Department of Education is fully accredited by the Council of Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) for all undergraduate programs.

Designed to finalize coursework necessary for completion of a teaching license, this program is designed for individuals with a bachelor's degree. The program may consist of subject area coursework, pedagogy coursework for the license sought and student teaching.

Candidates who meet the content requirements of licensure but may still need pedagogy requirements have the opportunity to earn an Alternate Residency License. This license requires the acknowledgement of employment with an LEA, and enrollment in an EPP.
Individuals must meet the following requirements:
  • Bachelor degree;
  • Completed 24 hours of coursework in the requested licensure area or passed the North Carolina State Board of Education (NCSBE) required content area examination(s) for the requested licensure area;
  • Earned a grade point average of 2.8 on a four-point scale for formal admission to approved North Carolina EPPs; and
  • Meets all requirements established by the NCSBE, including completing pre service requirements prior to teaching.
Important Information

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1. Meet the minimum admissions requirements

If you graduated high school after 1990, you must have completed the following high school courses and meet the academic performance thresholds below.

  • 4 units of English
  • 4 units of Mathematics
    • Algebra I and II, geometry, and one unit beyond Algebra II,
    • Algebra I and II, and two units beyond Algebra II, or
    • Integrated Math I, II, and III, and one unit beyond Integrated Math III.
  • 3 units of Science (Biological, Physical, and Laboratory Courses)
  • 2 units of Social Studies
  • 2 units of Foreign Language

Minimum GPA: 2.5 (weighted)

Note: The University of North Carolina System will not require SAT or ACT scores for undergraduate admissions through fall 2024.

Graduates of Cooperative Innovative High Schools in North Carolina

If you graduated from a Cooperative Innovative (or Early College) High School in North Carolina with an Associate’s degree, you are likely eligible to be admitted either as a freshman or a transfer student. Please consult the resources below to determine your eligibility. If you have any questions, please contact the Admissions Office with any questions.

List of Cooperative Innovative High Schools

Transfer admissions requirements

2. Submit an online application

Apply online and submit a $30 non-refundable application fee.

3. Send transcripts and test scores

Have official copies of all high school transcripts sent to:

Elizabeth City State University

Office of Admissions and Recruitment
120 Marion D. Thorpe Sr. Administration Building
1704 Weeksville Rd.
Campus Box 901
Elizabeth City, NC 27909

Test scores can be sent using the following school codes:
ACT: 3095
College Board/SAT: 5629

4. Create an Admissions Portal account

We will send you an email with a verification link to create your Viking Admissions Portal account. You can use this to follow the status of your application and, if accepted, confirm your enrollment at ECSU.

According to the criteria established by the Department of Public Instruction and the Department of Education, students must complete the following for program eligibility

  • meet regularly with assigned advisor;
  • complete an application to the Educator Preparation Program;
  • complete a criminal background check with certified and have a satisfactory record;
  • completed 15 hours of classroom field experience
  • undergraduate GPA of at least 2.80;
  • complete interview process;
  • acceptable writing sample; and
  • *satisfy Praxis Core


*Licensure Only candidates are not required to take Praxis Core. Each student who applies for admission to the Educator Preparation Program will be given written notification regarding admission or denial. A student is not considered admitted to the Educator Preparation Program until such notification is provided.

Students must apply for North Carolina teaching license or renewal using the North Carolina online licensing system. Students must submit the following:

  • An official transcript (including degree awarded date)
  • Certification of Teacher Capacity Form
  • Praxis II or NCTEL (NCTEL-Elementary & Special Education programs only)

TeachNC, in partnership with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI), BEST NC and TEACH, was created to assist anyone considering teaching in North Carolina.

TeachNC Scholarship

AAHPERD, American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance

AASA, American Association of School Administrators

AASL, American Association of School Librarians

ACEI, Association for Childhood Education International

ACTFL, American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages

AECT, Association for Educational Communications and Technology

AERA, American Educational Research Association 

AESA, Association of Educational Service Agencies

AFT, American Federation of Teachers

ALAS, Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents

AMLE, Association for Middle Level Education

ASBO, Association of School Business Officers International

ASCD, Learn, Teach, Lead

ASCA, American School Counselor Association

ASIS International, Advancing Security Worldwide

CEC, Council for Exceptional Children 

CEFPI, Council of Educational Facilities Planners International

CoSN, Council for School Networking

FETC, Florida Educational Technology Conference 

InfoComm, Information Communications Marketplace

IRA, International Reading Association

ISTE, International Society for Technology in Education

NAEA, National Art Education Association

NAESP, National Association of Elementary School Principals

NAEYC, National Association for the Education of Young Children

NAfME, National Association for Music Education

NAGC, National Association for Gifted Children

NASSP, National Association of Secondary School Principals

NBEA, National Business Education Association

NCSS, National Council for the Social Studies

NCTE, National Council of Teachers of English

NCTM, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

NEA, National Education Association

NSBA, National School Boards Association

NSTA, National Science Teachers Association

PTA, National Parent Teachers Association

SETDA, State Educational Technology Directors Association

TCEA, Texas Computer Education Association

USDLA, United States Distance Learning Association

CAEP Accountability Measures 

Measure 1: Completer Impact and Effectiveness (Initial R4.1)

EVAAS Results for Traditional and Alternative Completers 2022-2023

NCDPI dashboard reports the performance of beginning teachers from EPPs in terms of impact on student growth. This is measured by NC's EVAAS (Education Value-Added Assessment) system. Teachers receive one of three ratings based on the degree to which their students meet their growth target on standardized tests. The ratings include "Does Not Meet Expected Growth", "Meets Expected Growth", or "Exceeds Expected Growth."

Workbook: EPP EVAAS (


Teaching Performance 

The NCDPI Dashboard covers the teaching performance of beginning teachers.  Teacher performance is measured using the North Carolina Educator Evaluation System (NCEES).

Workbook: EPP NCEES

NC Teacher Performance


Measure 2: Satisfaction of Employers and Stakeholder Involvement (R4.2|R5.3|RA4.1)

Workbook: EPP Initial Employment and Retention (

Employer Satisfaction


Measure 3: Candidate Competency at Completion (R3.3|RA3.4)

Initial Licences - Candidates Receiving Initial Teaching Licenses

Workbook: EPP Initial Licenses (

Initial Licenses

Licensure Exams [2021 - 2024] - Pass rates on license based on first, best, and all attempts

Workbook: EPP License Exam Pass Rates (

Licensure Exams

Initial Employment [Year 2020 - 2021] - Candidates employed within 3 years

Workbook: EPP Initial Employment ( 

Initial Employment


Measure 4: Initial and Advanced - Ability of completers to be hired in positions for which they have prepared

Educator Preparation Program Performance Reports provide narrative responses of overview and approach to educator preparation.

ECSU IHE Bachelor Performance Report - Workbook: EPP Program Details (

ECSU IHE Masters Performance Report - Workbook: EPP Program Details (

ECSU IHE Masters of School Administration Reports - Workbook: EPP Program Details (

Licensure Area/Program Alignment

North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) Abbreviations Licensure Group EPP Program




Elementary Education


Elementary Education K-6




Secondary Education


Comprehensive Science










 CAEP 3rd Party Letter


Department Chair

Dr. Shelia Williams
Associate Professor, Education
243 Gilchrist Complex
Campus Box 856

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